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Point spread favors Golden Bears in battle with Bruins

UCLA BruinsCalifornia Golden Bears
Dec 31, 4:00 PM | Haas Pavilion

UCLA Bruins vs California Golden Bears Odds


A key college battle sees the visiting Bruins travelling to California Saturday to take on the Golden Bears on Saturday.

The Bruins will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 6-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Bears are 8-4 ATS. UCLA is 6-7 on the totals; California is 2-9-1.

View UCLA vs California Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Golden Bears are listed as 7-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 29-ranked Golden Bears and the No. 154-rated Bruins in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 78-71 win for the Golden Bears on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits California's No. 136-ranked offense, averaging 70.8 PPG, against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 84 at 62.8 PPG. The Golden Bears field goal percentage has averaged 47.1% so far, more than the Bruins marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.3% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, UCLA owns the country's No. 108-rated mark, allowing 67.8 points per game on the highway. California, on the other hand, rates No. 153 in scoring at home.

UCLA lost its last outing, a 60-59 result against Stanford on December 29. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. Lazeric Jones went off for 26 points and added 5 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Stanford handed UCLA a 60-59 defeat at Maples Pavilion.

California won its last outing, a 53-49 result against USC on December 29. They failed to cover in that game as a 10-point favorite. Jorge Gutierrez scored 13 points leading the Golden Bears to a 53-49 victory over USC at Haas Pavilion on Thursday.

UCLA Bruins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Arizona are 7-3
After playing Stanford are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-6
Before playing Oregon State are 7-3
After playing USC are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few Bruins at Golden Bears trends to consider:
UCLA is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against California
UCLA is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
California is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of California's last 5 games when playing UCLA
California is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing UCLA

Next up:
UCLA home to Arizona, Thursday, January 5
California at Oregon State, Thursday, January 5